Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday. It’s officially summer for us here and that means it is time to gather books for summer reading!

I bought three this week.

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The first one I’m reading is the life-changing magic of tidying up, the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. This is better known as The KonMari Method.

I’m only a couple chapters in and this probably isn’t the book for the faint of heart, except you probably should still read it if you desire to truly declutter your life. Now, I am not a person who anyone would ever accuse of being messy or keeping clutter. However, I still find myself spending way too much time managing and cleaning things because I live with others. I’ve made peace with the fact that things will need to be constantly cleaned because we use them. That’s fine. What is really eating at me is the incessant managing of stuff. That tells me one thing. We have too much stuff.

Again, by comparison, we don’t have that much. Yet, if I find myself spending a lot of time managing our things, we should have less things to ease that burden. Managing is just not how I want to spend my time. When I really break things down, I want to enjoy living with intention and purpose. I don’t want to be an owner of a lot of things. I don’t want to work hard to buy a bigger house so that we can fill it with even more things. So that I can manage more things. Or better yet, be owned by more things. That just doesn’t fit who I am at my core. But, it is so easy to get caught up in the urgency to have, isn’t it? I mean, we are getting fed that lie of urgency to have the latest and greatest at every turn. And, I’m not even talking about the things we really put to use and find value in. I’m talking incidentals that slowly creep in to our space and take over.

I like nice things, but I don’t really value stuff. I like a nice meal, a nice glass of red wine, or travel to experience a culture. I like nice, but I don’t like accumulating things, unless they truly serve me. I want our things to serve us and bring us joy, not end up being a monkey on our backs. I want the freedom to pursue the truly important things. That’s what this book seeks to help you discover, in part. There is a bit of Japanese philosophy woven in the pages, but there are some core principles that can be applied no matter who you are.

The thing I am enjoying about this book is the way it forces you to strip down to your core values, and when you do, you know where to invest. I like that.

I also appreciate how Kondo challenges every other decluttering tip you’ve ever heard and explains how they just don’t work. It’s fascinating and I totally see the points she is making against those things we have heard our whole lives: one room at a time, one thing in, one thing out, storage, box it up for 6 months, etc… Kondo takes a more comprehensive approach to clutter.

I’ll be sure to share more as I journey further in and apply the principles.

Share your thoughts on this book, clutter, or what’s on your summer reading list! Book link is affiliated link with Amazon. A few pennies from sales directly support this blog.


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Insta-Fun

We’ve had a pretty good start to February around here. While life has been pretty mundane and steady, there is still so much beauty to be found in the ordinary. Feb1-15

There has been joy in the little things like Popsicles from the ice cream truck, friendship with our pets, and oils to help us sleep well after long days.

New recipes were tried, doodles were practiced, and gifts reminded us of how truly blessed/inspired we are by our friendships.

Knitting continued, new skills were learned in school, and coffee has stayed warm to see me through our school mornings without having to visit the microwave multiple times.  This, my friends, is a huge boon to my mornings.

Even though the month is still fresh, we have experienced so much encouragement already!

Now if we could just manage to squeeze one snow day in this month, we would truly be cheered. It’s not looking too likely, but you just never know!

It’s all Good.Random.Fun.

 

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Little Things Thursdays

Welcome Back to Little Things Thursdays!  I’m so happy to be hosting again after the break last week.  I missed you guys!

This week, I have a treat for you!

I’m sure all you Pinterest users have seen the Pin for Salted Carmel Chocolate Chip Cookies.  That Pin has been torturing me since I stumbled upon it.

I decided to make it today.

However, it fell a bit flat for me.  The texture of the cookie was a little soft and cakey. It’s a lovely recipe, but I really love a chewy cookie with texture.

The concept of salt and carmel combined with chocolate is brilliant, so I decided to tweak.  I went to my trusty favorite chocolate chip cookie base.  It would be easy to update the cookie with the salt and carmel flavors.

The amazing trinity of flavors.

Salted Carmel and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies:

 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

You’ll need:

1 cup of soften butter

1 cup of white sugar

1 cup of packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups chocolate chips…we prefer dark chocolate chips

1 cup Heath bit o brickle toffee chips

16 carmel pieces cut into fourths.

Drop dough by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat liners.  Press small pieces of carmel into the dough.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven when golden and sprinkle with sea salt while the cookies are still warm and soft! Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing. Remove cookies to a baking rack to cool further as carmel will be very hot!

These are quick and easy.  Would be perfect for a cookie exchange this season.

Let’s hear from you!  What have you been inspired by this week? Let’s see your shots!

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